Meet Bobby Abrahamson

ImageThere’s a new face lurking about Parkway Playhouse Meet Bobby Abrahamson who is the Stage Manager for this production of A Christmas Carol.  His job is to keep all the rehearsals organized and running smoothly.  He’s the one who emails to remind cast members of practice, keeps notes during rehearsals and sends out post-rehearsal notes.  He is the designated Answerer of All Questions.  Sounds like a fun job with a big cast, eh?

But that is what he does, and here’s a bit about who he is.

Q.  What kind of theatre background do you have?  favorite role? or production you were a part of?
I have started Stage Managing for shows this past year and I am loving it!
I have had a number of parts where I am a silly teenager, a flamboyant king, or narrator. Thus, my favorite part is Adon-Ra in Fight Girl Battle World at North Carolina Stage Company. I was a Space Terrorist and in the second scene I fought my opponents with a Light Saber and then choked an evil muppet.
(Don’t you wish we had a picture of that!?!)
Q.  What are you most looking forward to about the production of A Christmas Carol?
I was once in a production of A Christmas Carol as Fred briefly and I really enjoyed my memories with the cast. I remember Tiny Tim giving me some M&M’s during one of the performances so I hope to have some great memories with the cast and feel the Christmas spirit.
Q.  Do you have a favorite theatre phrase?
“Be good to your Stage Manager.”
Q.  Have you got a theatre pet peeve?
It is really irritating when it is two days before the first performance and the other person doesn’t know their lines.
(Note to cast… )
Q.  Favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show is Parks and Recreation because Leslie Knope is hilarious and all the characters crack me up.


Welcome to the Parkway Playhouse family, Bobby!


Veteran Tips: Dialects and Accents

The cast this year is a mix of newbies and veterans… and in the true spirit of a teaching theatre, the veterans have shared some helpful tips:

First is a YouTube video for speaking in a Cockney accent which originated in the East End of London done by Gareth Jameson (an actor and voice coach).

Second is the Speech Accent Archive created and continually updated by George Mason University.  In their words:

The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.

Thanks Rob and Doug!